The Best Music Festivals That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of…

The summer is upon us, as is the end of exams, assignments, dissertations and essays. One of the best ways to celebrate the freedom that comes along with the summer break is to go to a music festival with friends (and beer).

Whilst well known music festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park have come and gone, there are many more to look forward to. The immensely popular Leeds and Reading festivals and Creamfields festival are scheduled for August; however, if you’re looking for a festival that is a little more unique this summer, read on…

 

Wilderness

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Wilderness Festival offers boutique camping, banquets, feasting, wilderness cookery school, theatre and sensory performances, the lakeside spa, the wilderness school and sanctuary workshops. The Oxford Shakespeare Company will be performing As You Like It, the Huffington Post will be headlining at the debating halls, and there will be a performance of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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However, this festival isn’t just arts and crafts and yoga – London Grammar and Sam Smith are headlining this year. The festival takes place from the 7th to the 10th of August in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.

 

Festival No. 6

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Set in the stunning, Italianate-inspired Welsh coastal village of Portmeirion, the sea, mountains and forests decorate the location of Festival No. 6. The village of Portmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, and was the location of cult TV show The Prisoner.

The festival itself takes its name from The Prisoner. The festival offers more than great music; there’s award-winning authors, poets, actors, filmmakers and artists galore at No.6. Headlining this year are the Pet Shop Boys, Beck, London Grammar and Kelis.

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Secret Garden Party

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The Secret Garden Party is an annual independent arts and music festival which takes place in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon. The festival takes place on the grounds of a Georgian farm house and has its own lake, river and landscaped gardens. The festival was launched as an alternative to the established mainstream music festivals, as it features much more than just music! As well as craft, literature, drama and yoga tents, there’s guerrilla science experiments, a human zoo,   and The Forum – a place for philosophical and societal debate.

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The festival takes place on the last weekend of July, and promises of all kinds of crazy. It really has to be seen to be believed…

If you’re looking for student accommodation in Leicester for after the festival-packed summer break, then please do not hesitate to contact us here at City Block!

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What You Need to Know About Postgraduate Study

book-15584_640The current economic climate means that 85 graduates now apply to each job vacancy.

With that in mind, graduates are looking towards postgraduate degrees in order to set themselves apart from the crowd.

Postgraduate degrees either fall into the category of ‘taught’ or ‘research’. A taught degree is similar to an undergraduate degree; there are seminars, workshops and you complete another dissertation. However, there is more emphasis on independent research. Masters degrees, postgraduate diplomas and conversion courses are all taught postgraduate degrees.

Research postgraduate degrees include MPhils and PhDs. A PhD usually lasts three years, if you study full time, and consists of independent research which results in a thesis (usually of around 80,000 words).  During a PhD you are required to make what is known as a new contribution to knowledge, in other words, you research a topic that hasn’t really been written on before. So, at the end of your PhD you are recognised as an expert in your field.

A postgraduate degree is an investment in your future, so they’re worth thinking carefully about. You may wish to consider the financial implications of carrying on with your studies after graduation, as you can’t get a student loan for postgraduate study.

Studying at a postgraduate level means that you will pick up more transferable skills. You will develop your analytical skills and will be encouraged multiple times to employ good time management and interpersonal organisational skills (as you are required to meet regularly with your supervisor). You will exercise other transferable skills, such as effective communication, project management skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving and independent thinking.

Postgraduate degrees act as conversion courses. At the end of their degree, or after a period of working, many graduates realise they need a more specific degree to pursue their career of choice.  Taught postgraduate courses often provide this combination of specialist and conversion attributes, with many offering different pathways into the course as a whole.

If you’re looking to study an undergraduate degree, or a postgraduate degree, and are looking for student accommodation in Leicester, please do not hesitate to contact us here at City Block!

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You Graduated – What Now?

Congratulations are due to many of our students – both in Lancaster and Leicester – as they’ve finally officially taken that last step from “student” to “graduate”. Whatever your degree, now that you’ve graduated you’ve got a lot to look forward to.

But, as the hangover clears, the biggest question is, what do you do now?

Sleep

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Have a good rest – you deserve it! You can say goodnight to all nighters, cramming sessions, early lectures and everything that goes with university and have a good long nap. Catch up on your beauty sleep now, because when you go on to post-graduate studies or employment, you’ll miss the chance of a good lie-in!

Travel

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If you’re going on to post-graduate studies, this is a perfect time to travel and recharge your batteries before you begin. If you’re looking forward to entering the world of employment, then travel is even more attractive right now – once you’re employed you’ll have to work around holiday allowances and minimum staff coverage, so it won’t be so easy to jet off for a month. Whatever your future plans, travel can also be a great way to broaden your horizons.

Volunteer

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Sleeping until three in the afternoon – as fun as that sounds – isn’t going to be too helpful in the long term, so once you’ve caught up on your forty winks, it’s important to find something to do. Whether it’s to fill time before starting a post-grad or while you’re looking for your dream job, volunteering does good for you and the community, and it looks good on your CV too. You can combine it with travel by volunteering with an international organisation, or you can find a local organisation which needs your help in the UK.

Make the Leap

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Many students feel unsure about what to do after graduation, and it’s no surprise. It’s a big moment – it’s time to take your future in both hands and shake it for all it’s worth. Whatever you choose to do after graduation, do it whole-heartedly and with passion. It may feel like a leap of faith, but it’s worth it.

For those who aren’t graduating this year, at CityBlock we provide high quality student accommodation in Leicester and Lancaster with a great community vibe and everything you need to enjoy student life and prepare for your own graduation day. For more information, get in touch with us today.

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Graduation Photography Tips

After your degree certificate, your graduation portrait may be one of the most important things you take away from university – at least, your parents may think so! Unless you want to be embarrassed for the rest of your days by the picture that graces your parents’ mantelpiece, you’ll want to make sure that you look as good as possible in that all-important photograph.

Dress Well

You may have the choice as to whether you wear the traditional mortar board and gown; really, though, considering you don’t exactly graduate every day, it’s well worth it! Remember that the gowns can sometimes be pretty heavy, and although the hood (the part with the stripes) generally come with a loop to hook onto a button at the front, that only really holds properly if you’re hooking it onto a formal waistcoat. It’ll sit better if you take safety pins and pin it in place instead.

You will also need to consider what you wear with it. Choose something that expresses your personality, but that you won’t mind your granny seeing you in (because you know that your proud parents are going to send copies to everybody!). Avoid busy patterns, because they won’t look good on film, and if you can, choose colours that will complement – or at least not clash with – your graduation gown. Think about the material, too – silk and satin are pretty, but they’ll make the gown slip on your shoulders.

Practice the Pose

You know the drill already; you stand there, you hold the scroll up and you smile. Simple? Not quite. If you know the tricks to a good photogenic pose, you can look tons better.

Firstly, stand at an angle to the camera – put one foot slightly forward, angle your shoulders and turn your head to the camera. This makes you look slimmer than if you’re standing directly face on, and it’s a trick you’ll see almost every celeb using on the red carpet.

Secondly, the trick to avoiding the dreaded double chin grin is to push your head out a bit; stick your forehead out and your chin slightly down while extending your neck. It feels like you’re doing a giraffe impression, but it looks good on camera!

If you have trouble with blinking in pictures, tell the photographer straight away when you walk in, so that they can help you get it right instead of wasting exposures. A good trick is to close your eyes, ask the photographer to count you in, and open your eyes as they take the picture.

Get a friend to hold the camera (or use time delay) and practice before the day itself, and you’ll be able to swoop into the studio like a pro and get the perfect shot.

Attention to Detail

Remember to think about the little things. You’ll most likely be holding up a scroll, so make sure that your fingernails are clean, well manicured, and not displaying chipped nail varnish. If you’re wearing make-up, make sure that it’s well applied and looking fresh.

The photographers will want to get your face looking as open as possible, so they might ask you to brush your fringe back a bit if it’s really heavy, and wear your mortar board towards the back of your head rather than pulled down over your forehead. If you wear any kind of head covering, you may be advised to wear it as far back from the face as you’re comfortable with – if you can, choose a lighter colour which won’t dominate your face as much. The best bet is to take a mirror with you, so that you can check your appearance in the queue.

If you’re not graduating this year, or if you’re moving on to full time post-grad studies and still need student accommodation, our high-quality student flats in Leicester are a great place to stay, with inclusive bills, a great community and a supportive atmosphere for study. For more information, get in touch with us online or call us on +44 (0)116 2517270.

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What’s on Lancaster: June – July 2014

Lancaster, although relatively tiny in size, offers an enormous selection of local music, undiscovered talent, exhibitions and plenty to see and do within its historic walls.

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Lancaster provides the perfect hub of goings on for student life, and offers great day and nightlife options for all personalities. Whether you love art, live music, great ale or beautiful views, Lancaster offers a bit of everything to enhance your time as a student.

Whether you are staying in Lancaster for the summer, or you live here – here’s a quick look at some of the upcoming events this sunshine season!

This Side of the River – Saturday 28th June 3pm – 6pm, Ryelands Park

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This Side of the River, organised by the Friends of Ryelands Park, Lancashire County Council and The Dukes, is a new project set to celebrate Lancaster in all its glory. This year Ryelands Park will see the attempt of breaking the world record of the longest fake moustache and welly-wearing conga line. The event is completely free and offers a fun-filled day for all ages! The day offers plenty of food, creativity and live music including samba-drum beats you can’t help but dance along to from the fantastically unique Batala. For further information and updates please view This Side Of The River’s twitter page and the Batala website. Don’t forget your moustache!

OXYOPIA, Benjamin Oliver – on now until 26th July 2014, Ashton Memorial Gallery

This is Oliver’s first ever solo exhibition, showcasing a new series of works that trace a specific understanding of Ox-yopia, “an extremely heightened acuteness of the eyesight, resulting from the increased sensibility of the retina.”

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The exhibition is truly magical, a beautiful collection of works by this unique and forward-thinking artist. Beautiful paintings, video, sound and visuals fill the stunning venue to immerse viewers into an illusionary and perfectly put together body of work. A must-see for any students or art-lovers in the area! For further information please view Benjamin Oliver online.

Hansel & Gretel, 4th July until 16th August 2014, Williamson’s Park

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If you love theatre with something a little different; head deep into the enchanted woods this summer with The Duke’s performance of the traditional tale of Hansel & Gretel. This magical twist on the classic story is suitable for all ages, with Williamson’s Park offering the perfect backdrop for the deliciously dark journey of forest creatures, bread crumbs, edible houses and baddies. Suitable for all ages over 5 years. To buy tickets please visit The Dukes website.

 

Here at CityBlock, we are dedicated to making your time at university as fun-filled and exciting as possible. Our high quality, affordable and central student accommodations are the perfect place to spend your studying years, and we offer student housing in the exciting cities of both Leicester and student accommodation in Lancaster. For further information or advice please feel free to contact our friendly team on 01524 541 251 or email us at info@cityblock.co.uk today!

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Your Guide to Graduation!

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Your Guide to Graduation!

Exams are (finally) over, dissertations have been handed in, and the sun is shining (for the time being, anyway). Many people will be graduating from university in the coming months, so we at CityBlock would like to share our guide to making the most of your graduation ceremony!

1. Start hinting for your graduation

Traditionally, university graduates will receive a gift to mark this milestone in their life. Gifts can range from champagne or a meal out, to classic pieces of jewellery such as earrings or a watch, to presents of monetary value, and even cars.

Please remember to take your parents financial situation into account before you start hinting! Be gracious, if you don’t receive a physical gift; the emotional and financial support which you may have received throughout your years at university is truly priceless.  Make sure mum and dad know you’re grateful!

2. Get an outfit sorted

In order to avoid looking back at your graduation photos and cringing, invest in a classic outfit for your graduation ceremony. Ladies may wish to consider the faithful little black dress, whilst guys should stick to a classic shirt and tie combo.

However, you may wish to throw caution to the wind and go colourful. After all, nothing much will go with those orange and purple robes anyway.

3. Take great photos

You may feel that you’re too busy and having too much fun to stop and pose for photos, but you won’t regret taking 15 minutes out of your day to pose for a group photo with your friends.

Make sure that one of your relatives or friends captures the all important caps-in-the-air moment!

4. Drink champagne

As a graduate, your days of binge-drinking and sleeping in until 4pm are numbered. Make the most of today and drink as much champagne as you feel is necessary.

Note: Try not to throw up on your rented robes, as this will cost you (both emotionally and financially).

5. Thank the people who’ve helped you get to where you are

Yes, you may have written that horribly arduous dissertation all on your own, and sat through numerous exams without any guidance – but don’t forget to thank the people who helped you get to your graduation.

Thank your parents or guardians. The two minutes it will take for you to say thank you will mean so much to them. Thank any lecturers or academic staff who may have helped you on your way, after all –they have worked to help give you a future.

6. Forgive your undergraduate grudges

The day of your Graduation ceremony is not one to harbour grudges. After all, you will be moving onwards and upwards, and you don’t want to take old animosities with you. A smile will cost you nothing (and you will appear très mature).

9. Remember…

Life will not give you grades, but it will test you.

Adopt the mantra ‘proceed and be bold’ and look to your future as a graduate with positivity and optimism. Oh, and when the excitement from the day has died down, you may wish to sign up to a site like Prospects.co.uk. Prospects is the official graduate careers website, and is a great way to find work experience, internships and even a graduate job. It’s a great way to ease yourself into the ‘real world’ which everyone goes on about so intently…

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Don’t worry if you feel like this guy on graduation day. It’s totally okay to not know what your next step is going to be!

If you are not graduating this year, and you are looking for student accommodation in Leicester, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at CityBlock.

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The Perks of Student Life

The university years – a young person’s dream of free money (for now), free time and plenty of perks: DISCOUNTS!

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The time you spend at university will be some of the most fun and outgoing years of your life, providing you with plenty of advantages and opportunities to live the real student dream.

Student life can be the doorway to receiving discounts in your favourite shops, restaurants and online retailers alongside the perfect financial situation of interest-free overdrafts and not having to pay tax. There are plenty of perks to being a student, and you will be surprised how many establishments that you may not have known about actually offer a student discount.

So, here are just a few examples of the best offers for you to take full advantage of, and enjoy living the student dream!

cityblock2We are all well aware of the well-known student discount cards; however, this one could just be the crème de la crème of student discount! UNiDAYS provides discounts for over 3.3 million students across the globe, offering a huge range of brands at discount prices – both in-store and online retailers, ensuring you have the best threads and up-to-date technologies at lovely prices. Brands in collaboration with UNiDAYS include: Cath Kidston, French Connection, Paperchase, FootAsylum, Jack Wills, Asos, Urban Outfitters, Schuh, Ann Summers, Spotify, Topshop & Topman and Apple. Discounts range from 10% – 25% and the service is completely FREE! Sign yourself up today at the UNiDAYS website – all you need is your uni email address to confirm your place of study. Easy, eh?

Student bank accounts

The world would be a very happy place if all bank accounts came with the idyllic advantages of a student account. Banks love enticing students to open bank accounts, offering a range of various freebies in order to compete with the competition. Apart from the ever-tempting interest-free overdraft that will also allow you an extra year of 0% interest after you complete your studies, some banks offer useful freebies including a free rail card, Tastecard membership or an NUS Extra card. A top tip for choosing the right bank for you is to consider the largest 0% overdraft you can receive, unless the huge freebies beat it. Avoid picking a branch just because it is the closest, and never go over your overdraft limit! You will be credit-scored so do your research and make sure you find the perfect account to suit your needs!

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Enjoy the longest summer holidays ever

With summer just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to do the things that you really want to do during the long holiday period. Luckily, university tends to give you a very lengthy summer break, some being up to 4-5 months long! And with all that free time, it makes perfect sense to bite the bullet and book that road trip or music festival you have been umm-ing and ahh-ing about.

Some music festivals offer discount ticket prices for students or pay-monthly instalment plan options to make purchasing a ticket that little bit easier! Another great way of attending the top music festivals of the year if on a budget is to volunteer with various festival companies including Oxfam and Festaff! By volunteering at various summer events, festival goers’ are able to enjoy the music and work short shifts in return for their ticket.

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If wanting to jet set around the UK, or maybe further afield, make plans with the mates you’ve met at uni and arrange to stay with them for free accommodation across your travels – just be sure to return the favour! If you haven’t got a car or a mate with a car, organise a group of friends and use public transport. Who knows where you will end up? Also, by taking camping gear with you, you can save money on accommodation costs and enjoy the outdoors in a fun and unique way!

Whether you are soon to be enjoying your first or last student summer, here at CityBlock, we are dedicated to providing students with quality for money and high standard student accommodation in the vibrant cities of Lancaster and Leicester. We offer student living for all year students including De Montfort University accommodation and University of Cumbria accommodation. For more information regarding our student housing facilities please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team on 01524 541251 today!

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The Bucket List: University Part Two

As we discussed in our last blog post, The Bucket List: University Part One, we tried to give you a little bit of cheeky inspiration to make your uni years count and provide you with the best memories for years to come!

University can be the best thing you will ever do; learning to look after yourself, stand on your own two feet and be completely independent. However, there will be ups and there will be downs, but it is entirely up to you to make sure you get what YOU want from your time at university and to leave without any regrets.

So, as promised here are a few more of our must-do’s for your university bucket list:

Try something new, learn a random skill

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University is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and bite the bullet with learning a completely useless or random skill. Hey, it might not be one for the CV but it will definitely be a great way of experiencing new things and meeting new people. There are plenty of societies to get involved with at uni and, if there isn’t one you fancy, why not start your own?

Go on a blind date

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Ever been on a blind date? One word: Awkward. However, blind dates are something that everyone should do at least once in their life and university is the perfect setting for such embarrassment. If it goes well, happy days! And if it doesn’t – at least you know you’re friends are waiting in the pub to hear the gossip. You never know, you might end up even marrying someone you met at university. Studies have shown that 32% of students end up marrying their uni-sweetheart. Aww!

Do something for charity

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Fancy doing something a little more productive than beer pong and sleeping in ‘til 5pm? Do something for charity. It’s the perfect way of combining doing something good, raising money for a great cause and making your parents proud – as well as giving yourself a serious pat on the back! Round up a group of mates and do a marathon or a sponsored bike ride etc. The wackier the better – and you’ll raise a lot of money for charity along the way.

Have a house party

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Ever thrown a house party in your parent’s house and regretted it instantly the morning after? Well, it’s that idea but with your own house and your own belongings. Changes your perspective a little, eh? However, throwing a house party is a MUST for any student household. Restrict your guest list to only good people and good moods and it will surely be a success without the mess… hopefully!

Host a dinner party

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Why not add a little class to your socialising activities? Everybody loves a bit of ‘come dine with me’ so invite your best pals round to yours and cook them a yummy 3-course dinner. Hint: The more people you invite the more meals you get in return, so if anything, this is a great idea if you can’t cook and fancy being wined and dined every night for a week or so.

Prank your flat mates

Although flat mate pranks are a staple of any university student household, don’t do anything too mean! That poor unsuspecting person that went home for the weekend and left their room unlocked… take advantage but in a light hearted and fun way!

Visit your mates at other universities

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Visiting your friends at other universities is a great way of travelling the country and a perfect way to spend a weekend combining friends and seeing the goings on of different cities. It is also a really cheap way to see the country without forking out for accommodation. Perfect!

Complete your dissertation with plenty of time to spare

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The dreaded dissertation… Everybody tells you not to leave it until the last minute and inevitably you will, but seriously, that really is the best piece of advice anyone can give you during your time at university. If you spend a few hours a week on it in and complete it slowly, you will produce a much better piece of work and you will walk in on deadline day fresh as a daisy compared to the poor students who haven’t slept for a solid 2-3 days!

Save your pictures

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Your phone and Facebook profile will hold so many picture perfect memories that you really do not want to lose. If you’re one of those people that are on their second iPhone because you smash it a few days after getting it, make sure you back up all your picture memories on to your computer. These are the embarrassing and golden memory photographs that you will look back on in the future and think ‘university really was the best time of my life!

Get your degree

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Amidst all the fun and social sides of university, try not to forget that the whole purpose of being there is to get your degree! You’ve spent a lot of time and crazy amounts of money in order to wear that gown and hat on graduation day, so make sure you do well and get a cracking graduation photo that will be hanging above the mantel-piece to embarrass you for the next 10 years.

 

Here at City Block, we are dedicated to making your university years count by providing high quality and cost-effective student accommodation to suit any student living needs. For more information regarding our university accommodation in Leicester and our city-centre student accommodation in Lancaster please feel free to get in touch with our friendly and helpful team on 01524 541251 or email us at info@cityblock.co.uk.

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The Bucket List: University Part One

University, “the best years of your lives” or at least that is what everybody tells you. It can also be the most stressful, hard-working and fulfilling time of your life!

University is the optimum time to grow as an individual – you move away from home, from your family and your friends and become completely reliant on yourself and the new adopted family you make along the way.

Previous university generations are forever telling future uni-goers that their time at university passed by within the blink of an eye, and there are so many things that they wish they had done and experienced before they graduated. On average, people attend university for 3 years, which when you think about it, is really not very long at all.

So don’t let your time at university go to waste, make sure you make every possible memory and leave university with no regrets! Here are a few cheeky ideas to add to your student bucket list to make sure you really do have the best years of your life, before you start a career in the ‘real world.’

Make as many friends as possible

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During your time at university, you will meet many different characters and personalities – some you will become instant best friends with and some you will not. Don’t worry! Surround yourself with people that make you happy and who compliment your personality. These people will become your family; and they’ll be by your side through the laughs, the jokes, the tears and the deadline stresses. The friends you make at university are like no other friends you’ve had before, they’ll be the drunken ones at your wedding and will be your best friends for life!

Enjoy the city you are in, experience everything!

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Choosing the university you wish to attend is a difficult choice, not only finding the right course but finding the ideal city that suits you. A university location can offer plenty to see and do, and it is important that you attend a university where you will not only get the best from your chosen course, but fall in love with the city you will be living in for the next 3+ years. Experience everything the city has to offer, enjoy the day and nightlife and fully immerse yourself in the city’s culture.

Get fresher’s flu

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Unfortunately, this is an inescapable part of being a fresher! Everyone has had it, and if you avoid it – you are very lucky! Don’t worry though and ignore the horror stories, sure you will feel pretty dreadful for awhile, but after a few days you will be absolutely fine again and ready to party!

Learn to cook

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Learn to cook acceptable food… on a budget! This is a skill you will become very acquainted with and one that will help you out greatly in the future. Living the student dream of 10p noodles and never-ending pasta bakes will eventually get tiresome, and you will be forced to get creative in the kitchen! TIP: Everybody loves the person at uni that can actually cook! Food makes friends.

Do fancy dress… and lots of it!

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Fancy dress – the staple of any student lifestyle! Cavemen, cowboys/girls, school disco etc, there will eventually be photographic evidence of every embarrassing fancy dress memory somewhere on Facebook. Make your own to save a few pennies, and when it comes to fancy dress – the more unique the better!

Watch a whole TV series in a day

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The ability to complete a programme series in the space of 24 hours is another life skill you will acquire and greatly appreciate in later life. On your days off or at the weekend – get your friends round, cook lots of junk food and enjoy the latest TV treats for a cheap and fun alternative.

Learn to budget

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University is a time to really learn how to stand on your own two feet and look after yourself. It is a tricky task to budget accordingly each term and not get that excited feeling over the lovely student loan that has just landed in your bank account. However, if you master the art of budgeting and be strict with your spending, the strain of being a ‘skint student’ won’t feel so hard after all.

…To Be Continued!

 

Here at CityBlock, we offer high quality and cost-effective city living accommodation options for all year students in the wonderful cities of Lancaster and Leicester, including De Montfort University accommodation. So, if you are attending university for the first time or are looking for any other higher education accommodation options, please feel free to get in touch with our helpful team on 0116 251 7270 or email us at info@cityblock.co.uk.

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What’s on Leicester: May – June 2014

Leicester is a vibrant, lively and fantastic place for both student and city living. The energetic buzz of Leicester offers inhabitants a modern city atmosphere with plenty of fun-filled and unique things to see and do. The bubbly city has lots going on all year round, including music and art festivals, indoor and outdoor gigs, great shopping spots and plenty of day and night events to attend and enjoy!
By now, if in sixth form, you will have applied to your university choices, received your offers and will be waiting on the results of the exams you will be shortly sitting… If already a first or later year student, you will have just handed in your final deadline and can finally relax. Hooray! So, now there is only one thing to do; grab a beer and get involved in Leicester’s fantastic event calendar to really bring the summer in with a bang! Here is a little guide to the must-attend events this sunshine season:

Oadby Sausage & Cider Festival, Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th May 2014

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This year, the unique two day festival for the bank holiday weekend is being held at Oadby Town Football Club. The festival opens at noon both days and offers over 40 real ciders/perries accompanied by 20 varieties of gourmet sausages. Food and booze, what more could you want? CiderBods, the online club for real cider drinks, will also be running a bottled craft cider bar – www.ciderbods.co.uk. The event is open until 11pm Saturday and 8pm on Sunday with live music performances throughout the day. This is definitely a festival for all, with a variety of good cider and tasty meat and veggie sausages there is something to suit everyone! Entrance £3 for adults and FREE for children.

Leicester ‘HOLI ONE’ Colour Festival, Sunday 1st June 2014

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‘HOLI ONE’ Colour Festival has become the must-attend at least once in your lifetime event on all festival-goers lists over recent years. The unique HOLI ONE festivals have provided vivid colour and a love for music to cities all around the world, and this year, its Leicester’s turn – bringing music, dance and art together in one un-missable and visually incredible colourful experience. The event brings thousands of people together, all dressed in white to dance and make memories in a colourful powder-filled haze. The event is a complete one of a kind and is a unique experience for any music, arts and good time lover! To get your tickets please visit the HOLI ONE website.

Leicester Riverside Festival, Bede Park, Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th June 2014

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The most well-known and one of Leicester’s biggest free festivals, Leicester Riverside Festival offers a lively weekend of activities and is suitable for the whole family at Castle Gardens, Bede Park, Mile Straight and Western Boulevard. The weekend festival is completely free and is sponsored by local housing provider Riverside. The popular festival offers boat trips, fantastic live music acts, a wide variety of food stalls from around the world, exciting activities and various displays for all ages, bringing culture and excitement to the streets of Leicester for an amazing fun-packed weekend! For more information please visit the Visit Leicester website.

Kasabian Homecoming Gig, Victoria Park, Saturday 21st June 2014

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The Leicester born and bred lads, Kasabian are set to play their homecoming gig in a few weeks to mark the celebration of their debut album’s 10th year anniversary. The gig is in Leicester’s own Victoria Park and will be the first major gig at the venue since Radio One’s free One Big Sunday event. 35,000 tickets were released and support acts are still very much a rumour mystery. This is a HUGE highlight of Leicester’s 2014 music calendar and is not one to be missed!

 

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